Our success in the 2020–21 academic year was in large part due to students following the prescribed health protocols before and after they came to campus. We cannot emphasize enough how important preparation is, and we ask you to be as vigilant this year as you were last year. While prearrival or campus quarantine is not currently required, it is critical that those returning to campus minimize any possible exposure before their arrival and do their best not to bring the virus to campus. This is essential if we want to keep our campus healthy and safe. Last year all students quarantined before their arrival.
This year all students from areas with a substantial or high prevalence of COVID-19, including those who are fully vaccinated, should wear face coverings in public indoor settings from now until their arrival on campus. Wearing face coverings helps fully vaccinated people further reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and transmitting it to others. Unvaccinated individuals should wear face coverings in indoor spaces where there is any risk of transmission.
Students should not come to campus under the following conditions:
- They have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to arrival.
- They are sick or have symptoms associated with COVID-19.
- They have tested positive for COVID-19 through prearrival testing.
Prearrival testing is required for all students except those who have recovered after testing positive for COVID-19 via a PCR test in the 90 days prior to arrival on campus and who have received clearance from Health Services.
Checklist of Prearrival Requirements
- Minimize your prearrival exposure potential by wearing a well-fitting face covering and avoiding large gatherings and unnecessary interactions to the greatest extent possible before coming to campus.
- Update emergency contacts and personal evacuation plan: Students must log in to BannerWeb to update their emergency contact information and personal evacuation plan, both located in the Personal Information tab.
- Schedule and obtain your prearrival PCR test within 72 hours of arrival.
- Declare your point of origin.
- Prepare and pack essential items: The fall semester will require students living on campus to be flexible and ready to adjust as needed. Students will be responsible for either taking all belongings with them or arranging and paying for off-campus storage in the event of an evacuation. Students should bring the following:
- No more than two suitcases containing essential items, in case campus evacuation becomes necessary.
- Personal healthcare items, including a sufficient supply of any over-the-counter or prescription medications.
- A thermometer.
- An adequate supply of face coverings.